Revenge of the Windigo / Edition 2

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Overview

What is known about Aboriginal mental health and mental illness, and on what basis is this 'knowing' assumed? This question, while appearing simple, leads to a tangled web of theory, method, and data rife with conceptual problems, shaky assumptions, and inappropriate generalizations. It is also the central question of James Waldram's Revenge of the Windigo.

This erudite and highly articulate work is about the knowledge of Aboriginal mental health: who generates it; how it is generated and communicated; and what has been - and continues to be - its implications for Aboriginal peoples. To better understand how this knowledge emerged, James Waldram undertakes an exhaustive examination of three disciplines - anthropology, psychology, and psychiatry - and reveals how together they have constructed a gravely distorted portrait of 'the Aboriginal.'

Waldram continues this acute examination under two general themes. The first focuses on how culture as a concept has been theorized and operationalized in the study of Aboriginal mental health. The second seeks to elucidate the contribution that Aboriginal peoples have inadvertently made to theoretical and methodological developments in the three fields under discussion, primarily as subjects for research and sources of data. It is Waldram's assertion that, despite the enormous amount of research undertaken on Aboriginal peoples, researchers have mostly failed to comprehend the meaning of contemporary Aboriginality for mental health and illness, preferring instead the reflection of their own scientific lens as the only means to properly observe, measure, assess, and treat.

Using interdisciplinary methods, the author critically assesses the enormous amount of information that has been generated on Aboriginal mental health, deconstructs it, and through this exercise, provides guidance for a new vein of research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802086006
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Anthropological Horizons Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 414
  • Sales rank: 1,199,569
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James B. Waldram is a medical anthropologist at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of many articles and books, including Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, Cultural and Epidemiological Perspectives, with D. Ann Herring and T. Kue Young, 1995.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction : monsters and mental health 3
Pt. A Constructing the aboriginal
2 Constructing aboriginal personality : the early years 21
3 The psychoanalyst's aboriginal 44
4 Measuring the aboriginal 69
Pt. B The disordered aboriginal
5 The construction of aboriginal psychopathology 105
6 The alcoholic aboriginal 134
7 The depressed aboriginal 167
8 The culture-bound aboriginal 190
9 The traumatized aboriginal 212
Pt. C Treating the aboriginal
10 The clinician's aboriginal 239
11 Healing the traditional aboriginal 271
12 Conclusion : the windigo's revenge 300
Notes 321
References 335
Index 393
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